For those Parisians who can’t make it to the beach in August, the beach comes to them! For one month each summer the banks of the river are made into a place for a Seine-side holiday called Paris Plage.
Plage means beach in French, and no beach is complete without some sand! For Paris Plage the city hauls in ton after ton of sand to create an actual sandy shore stretching from Hotel de Ville to Pont Louis Philippe. It’s the perfect place to lounge and catch some sun, Parisian style of course so no swimsuit required! If you prefer the shade, there are comfy recliners and umbrellas galore ideal for an afternoon read by the river. And if you forgot your book, no problem. This year Paris Plage even installed a miniature library lending books to visitors! If you want to beat the heat, cool off with some scoops of ice cream from one of the many vendors in French floral flavors like orange blossom, lavender, and violet as well as all the usual favorites.
When evening rolls around, the boats docked at the shores of the Seine for summer turn into cafes and bars hosting diners aboard and at tables along the banks. Here with a verre of your favorite French wine you can listen to live jazz and more from local and international bands who come down to Paris Plage to serenade the Seine-goers. From the tables you can people watch the passersby (a favorite Parisian past time), feel the last rays of the sun set before your eyes, and let the sundowner breezes brush through your hair.
For a moment, you might even forget you’re in Paris at all. But then again, why leave this amazing city when in summer we have it all, even the beach! See you at Paris Plage…